THE DEGRESSION FROM spiritual knowledge to materialist ideology
appears to follow a graduated path from one into the other. We can
chart this process beginning at the top with how an accurate
spiritual perspective might define spiritual and physical realities,
and proceed down to how a materialist perspective would define them:
Everyone is a spiritual being. Spiritual existence is
ultimately independent of all material processes.
Spiritual processes are senior to and effective upon the
material universe. There is no known limit to the
potential ability of any spiritual being.
Everyone is a spiritual being, but different classes of
spiritual beings exist which cannot be changed.
Everyone is a spiritual being, but there are senior
spiritual beings to whom all other spiritual beings are
Everyone has a spiritual side to them, but there is only
one purely spiritual being, usually a "one-only"
Spiritual reality exists, but it is dependent upon and
arises out of the material universe. If there is a
Supreme Being, it is probably either a material
being or a scientific law.
Spiritual reality does not exist at all. Everything can
be explained as products of material
"Life" does not exist. All motion is the product of
lifeless physical processes which cause the illusion of
"life" and "thought."
Material realities are entirely the product of spiritual
processes, and those realities can ultimately be
created, changed, or vanished
through spiritual processes.
Full knowledge of all
material and spiritual processes is possible.
Spiritual beings are subject to some "inevitable" or
"unchangeable" laws governing the workings of the
Material processes are primarily the result of the
activities of "senior" spiritual beings to whom all
other beings are inferior.
The material universe was created by a "one-only"
There exist many "inevitable" laws of the universe that
people can never hope to understand.
Material processes alone account for any spiritual
phenomena. Spiritual abilities, such as "ESP,"
"clairvoyance," etc., if they exist, are solely the
result of as-of-yet undiscovered principles of the
There is no reality other
than the physical universe. Spiritual abilities, such as
"ESP," etc., do not exist.
Modern Western culture appears to be situated somewhere around the
lower middle of the above chart. Leading the
trend towards the bottom is a practice known as
There are many fine people working in
psychiatry, but the field as a whole has become increasingly
politicized due to its use by governments in a variety of settings,
and it has come to promote a strict materialist view. Modern
psychiatry has sadly obliterated the last vestige of spiritual
reality acknowledged even by Marx. To understand this development,
let us briefly survey the history of scientific psychiatry.
Efforts to cure people of mental affliction are as old as history. It
is to the ancient Greeks and Romans that modern psychiatry traces
many of its origins. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek
physician, Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), had classified various forms
of mental illness and rejected the popular notion that mental ills
were caused by angry Gods or demonic possession. In later Rome,
physician Galen (2nd century A.D.) was one of the first to theorize
a connection between the brain and mental functioning. After Galen,
Western psychology reverted back to a belief in demons and witches
for many centuries.
Perhaps the most important breakthrough in psychiatry occurred in
Austria. Between 1880 and 1882, Viennese physician Josef Breuer
discovered that he was able to cure a girl of severe hysteria by
having her remember and relive under hypnosis a traumatic incident
from her past. Her symptoms disappeared for good. Dr. Breuer had
discovered that a person could actually be cured of mental ills
simply through the act of remembering and confronting past incidents
which may remain hidden from conscious memory without the assistance
of a therapist. In some way, mind-aberrating pain is relieved through
Dr. Breuer had stumbled onto something extraordinarily
significant, yet his discovery, though utilized to some extent in
the psychoanalysis developed by Sigmund Freud, was never fully
explored in psychiatry. Even Freud’s psychoanalysis failed to take
the next step, which was to develop precision methods for helping
people accurately pinpoint aberrational incidents from the past and
discharge the mental, physical and emotional pain contained in those
Freud strayed off into his sloppy “free-association”
methods which made the remembering process less precise. He also
over-emphasized sexual incidents.
Breuer’s vital breakthrough was dealt an even
mightier blow by what
was happening in neighboring Germany during his day. “Scientific
psychiatry” was emerging.
One of the earliest centers of “scientific psychiatry” was Leipzig,
Germany. There a man named Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) established the
world’s first psychological laboratory in 1879. Until that time,
universities usually placed the study of psychology in their
philosophy departments because of a lingering belief that there
exists a spiritual side to man. It was Wundt’s contention, however,
that psychology belonged in a biological laboratory. To Wundt, human
beings were only biological organisms to which there were no
spiritual realities attached. He therefore considered his approach
“scientific” rather than philosophical.
Wundt’s theory about the mind was that human thought is caused by
external stimulation bringing about bodily identification with
other stimuli which the body had received and recorded in the past.
When this identification occurs, the body, or brain, mechanically
creates an act of “will” which responds to the new stimulus. There
is no such thing as self-created thought or free will. To Wundt and
his followers, man was but a sophisticated robot-type organism.
Wundt’s ideas were based upon experiments conducted in his
laboratories and elsewhere. Some of those experiments revealed that
one could produce the physiological manifestations of different
emotions by applying electronic stimulation to different parts of
the brain. Experimenters erroneously concluded that the brain must
therefore be the source of personality because it triggers the
physical manifestations of emotion and thought. The fallacy in
this reasoning is obvious. The person conducting the experiment is
applying external stimulation. In other words, the brain centers are
not self-triggering except in a very limited sense. The experiments
proved that it takes something else, something external, to trigger
those brain centers.
What, then, triggers those centers when the
experimenter is no longer applying his electrodes? There must be
another external source—a missing element. That missing element
appears to be the spiritual entity which produces its own
energy output. Although Wundt and others used the experiments to
"prove” a pure biological basis to human thought, the results were,
in fact, subtly pointing in the opposite direction.
Erroneous or not, the stimulus-response model of behavior developed
at Leipzig quickly became the “new wave” in psychiatry and received
considerable support from the German government. Wundt himself
remained the most influential figure in scientific psychiatry for 40
years. The Leipzig labs attracted many students from around the
world, many of whom later became prominent names in psychiatry. For
example, one Leipzig student from Russia was Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
(1849-1936), who gained fame for his experiments with bells and
Dunae P.Schultz, writing in his book,
A History of
Modern Psychology, sums it up well:
Through these students, the Leipzig Laboratory exercised an immense
influence on the development of psychology. It served as the model
for the many new laboratories that were developing in the latter part
of the nineteenth century. The many students who flocked to Leipzig,
united as they were in point of view and common purpose, constituted
a school of thought inpsychology.1
By redefining the nature of thought and behavior,
scientific psychiatry also redefined the nature of mental
abnormality and its cure. Methods to bypass human free will and
intellect (behavior modification) were explored and developed.
Because human beings were viewed as strictly
biological-chemical-electrical organisms, all mental illnesses were
said to be the result of physiological processes somehow going “out
of kilter.” Experimenters theorized that mental illness could be
cured by strictly physiological means, such as with drugs, shock
treatment, or brain surgery. It was believed that such treatments
could remedy the chemical or electrical “imbalances” and thereby
cure the mental illness itself.
Out of these theories arose a multibillion dollar drug industry
which pours out huge quantities of mood-altering drugs every year.
These drugs are designed to relieve every mental ill from “can’t get
to sleep at night” to violent psychosis. In addition, many
psychiatrists use special machines to send electrical shocks through
a person’s brain. Some may even resort to brain surgery. Now that we
have had almost half a century to observe these cures in action, we
can ask: have they benefited mankind? Is the world a saner place
today than it was 50 years ago? To answer these questions, we might
do well to analyze the cure most often prescribed by psychiatrists:
psychotropic (“mind-affecting”) drugs.
Psychotropic drugs are a mammoth industry. They comprise a large
portion of the total prescription drug trade which in 1978 amounted
to an estimated $16.7 billion wholesale value in global sales by
U.S. manufacturers alone. This figure does not even include sales by
Swiss and other European manufacturers. An excellent book,
The Tranquilizing of America, revealed that the most
frequently-prescribed psychotropic drug, Valium (Roche
Laboratories), was prescribed over 57 million times in 1977, refills
included. According to an advertisement published by Roche in 1981,
almost eight million people, or about five percent of the adult U.S.
population, would use Valium in that year!
Add to that enormous
figure the tens of millions of prescriptions for other psychotropic
medications and we discover that an enormous quantity of mind and
mood altering drugs are being consumed every year. In 1977, for
example, the total number of U.S. prescriptions for twenty major
psychotropic drugs amounted to over 150 million. That amounted to
approximately 8.35 billion pills! These medications are being
prescribed in similar quantities today.
This epidemic drug use is not an accident. Powerful psychotropic
medications are energetically promoted to the medical community in
glossy Madison Avenue advertisements in such publications as the
American Journal of Psychiatry and through workshops and seminars
sponsored by the drug companies.
Justified criticism has been leveled against drug-oriented
because of the number of patients who actually
deteriorate as a result of their psychiatric treatment. For example,
a surprisingly large number of people who commit apparently
senseless acts of violence, such as shooting sprees and other grisly
headline-grabbing acts, are people who were previously treated with
John Hinckley, Jr., for example, was under the
influence of Valium when he attempted to assassinate U.S.
President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Such coincidences are usually
explained as an indication that those people were already mentally
deranged before the violent episodes and, at worst, the drugs were
simply not able to help them. On the other hand, critics point out
that such individuals were often not violent before their treatment,
but became violent only afterwards. Did psychiatric treatments
actually worsen their mental states to the point of their going
One of the great feathers in the cap of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration is its requirement that all drug manufacturers must
list the side effects, or “adverse reactions,” that their drugs have
been known to cause. This mandatory disclosure warns physicians of
possible dangers and guides them in knowing when to take a patient
off a drug. Unfortunately, by the time an adverse reaction is visible
to the doctor, the damage may already be done. Most adverse
do vanish when the medication is discontinued, but some side effects
can be permanent and cause lasting complications. This is especially
worrisome when we discover that many adverse reactions are
A person opening a copy of the American Journal of Psychiatry and
seeing the drug ads for the first time may react with shock at not
only the slick sales pitches, but also at the small print. Every
advertised psychotropic medication has a long list of potential
physical and psychological adverse reactions. Most of the listed
side effects are in medical terms incomprehensible to the layman;
however, many of them are quite understandable.
Here is a sampling
of some listed potential adverse reactions to popular psychotropic
medications that have been advertised and prescribed in the 1980’s:
The drug Surmontil (Ives Laboratories), which is promoted as a drug
for helping a person overcome symptoms of depression, lists among its
possible side effects: confusional states (especially in the elderly) with hallucinations,
disorientation, delusions, anxiety, restlessness, agitation,
insomnia and nightmares, hypomania [abnormal excitement];
exacerbation [intensification] of psychosis. 2
Haldol (McNeil Pharmaceutical) is advertised as a way of handling an
acutely agitated patient. It can cause:
Insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, euphoria, agitation, drowsiness,
depression, lethargy, headache, confusion, vertigo, grand mal
seizures, and exacerbation of psychotic symptoms including
hallucinations, and catatonic-like behavioral states... 3
Thorazine, which is promoted as a medication for handling psychotic
adults and children, belongs to a class of drug which has been known
to cause the following: ...psychotic symptoms, catatonic-like states, cerebral edema
[excess brain fluid], convulsive seizures, abnormality of the
cerebrospinal fluid proteins. . . .
NOTE: Sudden death in patients
taking phenothiazines [the drug classification to which Thorazine
belongs] (apparently due to cardiac arrest or asphyxia due to
failure of cough reflex) has been reported but no causal
relationship has been established.4
The last sentence in the above quote is a remarkable bit of
doublespeak. It states that giving someone this class of drug has
coincided with their suddenly dying, but the manufacturer denies
that there is any evidence that the drugs were responsible for the
deaths! No doubt it was just an extraordinary coincidence that some
people have had cardiac arrests or cough reflex failures at the time
of taking the drug. Fate must indeed work in mysterious ways.
Stelazine, another Smith Kline drug, lists many of the same adverse
reactions as Thorazine, and adds “hypotension (sometimes fatal);
cardiac arrest” 5 to its long list of
medical adverse reactions. The drug is advertised as “A Classic
Norpramin (Merrel Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) lists the same adverse
reactions quoted earlier for the drug Surmontil, but adds “heart
block, myocardial infraction, stroke.”6
Even the relatively “mild” drug,
Valium, so widely prescribed
Paradoxical reactions, such as acute
hyper excited states, anxiety,
hallucinations, increased muscle spasticity, insomnia, rage, sleep
disturbances and stimulation have been reported; should these
occur, discontinue drug.7
The above drugs are only a sample. Nearly every medication
advertised in the American Journal of Psychiatry has a long list
containing identical or similar potential adverse reactions. The
implications of this are significant. These drugs have been known to
sometimes seriously worsen a person’s mental state or cause mental
problems far more severe than those the patient began with!
As noted, physicians prescribe these drugs because the severe
adverse reactions reportedly occur only in a minority of cases, and
many side effects are reversible by discontinuing the drug.
However, the road back from many adverse reactions can be a long
one. A person suffering a psychotic break, whether from emotional
stress or a drug, may take a long time to recover. In the meantime,
he may do considerable damage to himself or to others. When we
consider the enormous scale on which these drugs are prescribed,
even a small percentage of patients suffering a severe psychological
reaction will amount to a large number of individuals.
immediately explains the puzzle of why some mental patients seem to
truly “go off the deep end” after treatment. Regrettably, few people
will blame the drug even in cases where the drug may be the cause,
but will instead blame the patient (“he was always teetering near the
edge anyway”) or society (“look at what society has done to this poor
crazed individual”). The great tragedy is that some children may be
affected by this. Many schools and treatment centers are
quick to give powerful psychotropics to problem children and
It is argued that the number of people who are helped by the drugs
far exceed those who are worsened. Advocates cite statistics showing
that drugs enable many patients to leave psychiatric institutions
sooner and return to the community. Psychotropic drugs seem to
enable some people to keep their psychological symptoms under control
enough for them to lead useful lives in society. The question is: at
what cost are these apparent benefits being obtained?
As many psychiatrists acknowledge, psychotropic
drugs rarely cure
mental illness. They simply suppress the symptoms. In this respect
psychotropics are like cold medicines which can make a person feel
better and appear healthier, but they rarely cure the underlying
illness itself. When a person is removed from the medication, the
symptoms usually recur. The patient functions no better than he or
she did before, and may even be worse off from having suffered side
effects from the drug. Many psychiatrists therefore do not speak of
“cure,” but of “maintenance.” Psychiatry boasts a low “cure” rate,
but a high “maintenance” rate. As long as factories churn out pills,
drug “maintenance” can continue.
Is this fair to the patient? In the long run, is society really being
The danger with maintenance-oriented psychiatry is that mental
illness is in a sense “contagious.” This fact is most obvious in the
phenomenon of “mob psychology,” as well as in other circumstances. If
people are not actually being cured of mental ills but are only
having their symptoms masked, and meanwhile mental aberration spreads
from other causes, it follows that mental illness will probably
increase in any society relying upon drug therapy. If psychotropics
are also slamming thousands of people every year into a deeper
psychological morass because of dangerous side effects, we can see
that drug-oriented psychiatry risks pushing a society to ruin; yet
psychotropics constitute the main form of therapy in most
psychiatric institutions today.
The dangers of heavy psychotropic drugs are increased by another
factor. A large problem facing today’s psychiatric community is the
abnormally high suicide rate
practitioners. Psychiatrists in the United States have a suicide
rate about six times that of the general population. The highest
percentage of those self-inflicted deaths occur among practitioners
working in mental hospitals.
This high suicide rate is often viewed
as an occupational hazard caused by frustration and by a
psychiatrist’s continuous contact with mental illness. Whatever the
cause of it may be, this suicide statistic is a reason to be
concerned for the welfare of mental patients. Suicides are usually
preceded by a period of declining mental health. One rarely finds a
genuinely stable and well-adjusted person committing suicide. One of
the major duties of a psychiatrist is accurate diagnosis and proper
treatment, yet one of the most common manifestations of mental
illness is the visualization of one’s own problems in other people.
psychiatrist in a pre-suicidal state therefore risks being the
source of grievous misdiagnosis because he may diagnose a patient as
having what the doctor is actually suffering from. Because wrong
diagnosis and mistreatment can ruin a person’s life, especially in a
hospital setting where strong psychotropics, shock therapy and
psychosurgery are used, it is vital that the treating psychiatrists
and technicians be genuinely sane, social, and well-adjusted.
Sadly, a statistically large minority of them are not.
The epidemic use of psychotropic drugs creates yet another
significant problem. Drug abuse is considered one of today’s major
social ills. Law enforcement agencies spend an enormous amount of
time and money to combat it. The fight against drug abuse is based
on the philosophy that people should not take illegal drugs to alter
their moods or mental states. Modern psychiatry defeats this
campaign. Drug-oriented psychiatry tells us:
Feeling depressed? Take
Feeling too happy (manic)? Take a drug.
Feeling unable to
cope? Take a drug.
Feeling too able to cope (megalomaniacal)? Take
Feeling confused and uncertain? Take a drug.
certain (delusional)? Take a drug.
Can’t sleep? Take a drug.
sleepy? Take a drug.
Seeing things that aren’t there
(hallucinations)? Take a drug.
Not seeing things that are there? Take
Maintenance-oriented psychiatry promotes the very attitude
upon which the
illegal drug trade flourishes: want to feel better mentally and
emotionally? Take a drug.
The great irony is that some of the very
same “conservative law-and-order” judges and lawmakers who demand
stiffer penalties against illegal drug pushers are among those who
are quickest to set up the legal machinery for committing people
involuntarily to mental institutions where drugs as powerful as
anything on the illegal market are routinely and openly used.
The purpose of this discussion is not to impugn the general mental
therapy field. As I mentioned earlier, there are many fine
psychiatrists in practice today. It should also be noted that many
therapists and counselors who specialize in communication-oriented
(“talk”) therapy without drugs achieve excellent results and do much
to help their clients. To understand the specific problems of
scientific psychiatry, it is perhaps wise to remember that
psychiatrists (but not most psychologists) are people with medical
Doctors are trained in medical schools to cure physical
problems by physical means: bombard an infection with antibiotics or
fix a broken leg with a cast. Where many doctors stray is in their
belief that a mental problem is the same as a broken leg or viral
infection, and so they bombard the “mental illness” with a drug, or
they shock it with electricity. Such an approach misses the mark
because a “broken mind” must be healed under an entirely
different set of rules. This is well recognized by the fact that
most nations permit people to become therapists and counselors
without a medical degree.
Have philosophies of strict materialism brought about a flourishing
psychiatric profession which is bringing about greater sanity to
patients, practitioners, and the world as a whole? Sadly, the answer
seems to be no. Psychiatry started on the right track when it
discovered that the mind could be cured of its inorganic ills by
confronting past hidden traumas, but it failed to develop that
discovery beyond the crude and haphazard techniques used today in
psychotherapy. Psychiatry was derailed when it began to mask mental
problems with chemicals, and when it developed bizarre methods for
bypassing individual free will in favor of stimulus-response
manipulation (behavior modification).
It is perhaps time to move away from the strict materialist
perspective, to get off the drugs, and to begin restoring a sense of
respect for the free will and intellect of human beings. We may then
be able to truly start back on the road to genuine mental, social,
and spiritual recovery for the human race.
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St. Germain Returns
THE UPHEAVALS OF the early 20th century convinced many people of that
era that the Judgment Day was at hand. Many Christians and mystics
anticipated an imminent Second Coming of Christ. True to prophecy,
Heralding Jesus’s “Second Coming” was the resurrected
Count of St. Germain—the mysterious Brotherhood agent of the 18th century whose
activities we followed in
Chapter 26. After St. Germain’s reported
death in 1784, he was made to seem physically immortal. In the early
1930’s, a man named Guy Warren Ballard claimed that St. Germain had
spoken to him on a mountain in California. That conversation
gave birth to an interesting new branch of the Brotherhood that would
not only sponsor the return of St. Germain, but also the reappearance
of “Jesus Christ.”
Guy Warren Ballard was a mining engineer. In 1930, he went on a
business trip to Mount Shasta in northern California. Ballard had
become interested in mysticism before his trip and he wanted to use
his off-duty hours at Mount Shasta to unravel rumors about the
a secret branch of the Brotherhood called the “Brotherhood of Mount
Shasta.” The Shasta Brotherhood was said to have a secret
underground headquarters inside the famous California mountain.
The legends which had caught Mr. Ballard’s interest began
circulating before the turn of the century. Persistent rumors told
of secret dwellers living inside Mount Shasta who practiced a
profound mystical tradition. The secret dwellers were said to be
descended from inhabitants of the
ancient lost continent of
“Lemuria” in the Pacific Ocean.
Whatever the truth behind such legends may or may not be, it is
unquestioned that Mount Shasta has long been a focus of mystical
activity. Associated with that mystical activity has been a
significant UFO phenomenon. For example, in the May 1931 issue of the
Rosicrucian Digest (published in the year following Mr. Ballard’s
trip to Shasta and a decade and a half before UFOs were popularized
in the media), we read the following description of a flying “boat”
in an article about the Shasta mystics:
Many testify to having seen the strange boat,
or boats, which sail
the Pacific Ocean, and then rise at its shores and sail through the
air to drop again in the vicinity of Shasta. This same boat was seen
several times by the officials employed by the cable station located
near Vancouver, and the boat has been sighted as far north as the
Aleutian Islands. 1
According to the same article, the boat “has neither sails nor
Against this background, Mr. Ballard’s experience on
Mount Shasta takes on added significance.
Mr. Ballard writes that he had hiked up the side of the mountain and
paused by a spring. As he bent down to fill a cup with water, he
felt an electrical current passing through his body from head to
foot. Looking around, he saw behind him a bearded man who looked to
be in his 20’s or 30’s.
The stranger later introduced himself as the Count of St.Germain.*
* The physical appearance of St. Germain on Mount Shasta was
considerably different than the St. Germain of the 18th century. The
earlier St. Germain was in his 40’s, black-haired and clean-shaven.
The Mount Shasta St. Germain is depicted as a younger brown-haired
man sporting a beard.
As a result of this meeting, Mr. Ballard began a full-time career
spreading the teachings of the new St.Germain. Ballard established
the “I AM Foundation”— an organization with secret initiations and
step-by-step teachings. Mr. Ballard claims that he had been
introduced to members of the highest levels of the Brotherhood,
under which the I AM was founded.
The tales Mr. Ballard tells of his experiences with St. Germain are
so extraordinary that many people have derided them as fantasy.
Surprisingly, when we strip away the interpretations which both Mr.
Ballard and his critics give to his experiences, we find that his
stories present a picture not only consistent with the rest of
history as we have been viewing it, but they add remarkable new
claims with rather startling implications for our own time.
The initial meetings between Ballard and “St. Germain” took place
between August and October 1930. During the earliest of those
meetings, St. Germain had Ballard drink a liquid which caused a
strong physical reaction and made Ballard go “out of body.” (This
same out-of-body phenomenon is often reported by people taking
strong drugs.) After imbibing this fluid on several occasions,
Ballard said that he was able to go “out of body” without the drink.
This testimony is consistent with other evidence indicating that
once a person learns to go “out of body,” it can become easy to do
for a time.
Ballard alleges that while he was in some of his “out-ofbody”
states, St. Germain, who was also “out of body,” took him to some
rather remarkable places. One locale was a mountain in the Teton
Range of Wyoming—a mountain Mr. Ballard calls the “Royal Teton.”
According to Ballard, there was a sealed tunnel entrance near the
top of the
mountain that led to elevators. The elevators took their occupants
to a location two thousand feet down into an underground complex of
huge halls, storage spaces, and mines.
In one of the large underground rooms, Mr. Ballard claims that he
saw an All-Seeing Eye symbol on the wall. There was also a large
machine, which Ballard described as:
. . . a disc of gold—* at least twelve feet in diameter. Filling it
so that the points touched the circumference-blazed a seven pointed
star—composed entirely of yellow diamonds—a solid mass of brilliant
* Ballard breaks up his sentences with dashes (—). I have included the
dashes as they appear in the original texts.
Around the main disc were seven small discs, which Ballard gave
symbolic meaning to. Mr. Ballard quickly revealed, however, that this
large machine was not a mere symbol:
As I learned later, at certain times for special purposes—Great
Cosmic Beings pour through these discs—their powerful currents—of
“Great Cosmic Beings” was the term used by Ballard to denote
at the highest echelons of the Brotherhood. In his writings, Mr.
Ballard claims that some of the Brotherhood’s “Great Cosmic Beings”
are of extraterrestrial origin.
Ballard was told that the currents of force emitted by the machine
were directed “to the humanity of earth.”5 The purpose?
This radiation affects—the seven ganglionic centers [nerve centers
outside the brain and spinal cord] within
every human body on our planet—as well as all animal
and plant life.6
This is an astonishing claim, for it would mean that powerful
electronics were used by the Brotherhood’s “Great Cosmic Beings” to
affect the human nervous system on a widespread scale. According to
an I AM Foundation magazine, the purpose of the radiation was
behavior modification designed to “consume and purify the vortices of
force, produced by the discordant and vicious activities of
The idea of behavior modification through electronic radiation is by
no means an absurd one. In recent years, the Soviet Union has been
developing and using electronic tranquilizing machines to
behaviorally affect large populations. Such devices are also being
proposed for classroom use in the United States. We will discuss
those devices in an upcoming chapter.
Although the alleged purpose of the Royal Teton radiation machine
was to reduce discordant human activity, such radiation will usually
have the opposite long-term effect because the emanations are
actually irritants to the central nervous system, even if they do
cause a superficial sedation.
It is perhaps ironic that within less
than a decade after Ballard wrote of his experience, the world
exploded into one of its bloodiest conflicts: World War
II. Either the machine of the “Great Cosmic Beings” did not work ...
or it did.
In his first books, Mr. Ballard claims to have visited four secret
underground locations altogether: two of them while “out of body”
and two by regular human means. Interestingly, each location
corresponded to a region in which there existed earlier in history a
major civilization worshiping the Custodial “Gods.” The Teton
location coincided with the ancient North American civilizations.
underground location in South America went hand-in-hand with
the Incan civilization on that continent. A trip by boat and
automobile resulted in a stopover at a reputed underground location
on the Arabian peninsula, which matched the ancient Mesopotamian and
Egyptian civilizations. The fourth location in the mountains above
the city of Darjeeling, India, corresponded to the ancient Aryan
civilizations of the Indian subcontinent.
The underground locations were reportedly quite expansive and served
a number of functions. In addition to holding electronic gadgetry,
the caves were reportedly filled with enormous quantities of precious
metals and ‘ gems. This is interesting because we know that most of
the ancient civilizations worshiping the Custodial “Gods” regularly
made substantial offerings of gold, silver, gems, and other
precious minerals to those “Gods.”
Mr. Ballard alleged that the
treasures he viewed came from some of those civilizations:
In these containers, gold is stored from the lost continents—of Mu
and Atlantis—the ancient civilizations of the Gobi and Sahara
Deserts*—Egypt—Chaldea—Babylonia—Greece—Rome—and two others.8
*The “ancient civilizations of the Gobi and Sahara Deserts” were
major civilizations which are believed to have once existed
respectively in the Sahara Desert of northern Africa and the Gobi
Desert of east-central Asia. Like
Atlantis, these two
civilizations are said to have existed before
Sumeria and are
therefore relegated to the status of fiction by most historians. The
Gobi and Saharan civilizations are said to have been technologically
advanced, and the deserts on which they sat are believed to have
once been lush with vegetation.
It has generally been assumed by historians that the ancient
offerings went to the priest class. If, however, we take the
existence of the Custodial “Gods” seriously, it is more likely that
the “Gods” really did carry the stuff away.
The legends state that the Saharan
and Gobi civilizations were destroyed in a cataclysmic war. Modern
geologists have discovered traces of atomic explosion in those
regions, but the traces are usually explained as being caused by the
spontaneous combustion of natural radioactive elements a long time
ago. Others believe that the traces are more likely the result of
atomic weapons used thousands of years ago which destroyed the
ancient civilizations and surrounding vegetation, causing the areas
to become deserts.
Mr. Ballard’s testimony would indicate that a great many of the
precious stones and metals were stored by the “Gods”in inaccessible
underground locations on Earth, perhaps to help finance Custodial
activities and to keep the corrupted Brotherhood functioning.
Precious metals and stones are expensive largely because of
artificial scarcity. When Cecil Rhodes developed his near-monopoly
on diamond mining in southern Africa, he was able to maintain the
high price of diamonds by creating a very rigid channel through
which his diamonds were sold. This is still true of the diamond trade
According to Mr. Ballard, the “Ascended Masters” of the
Brotherhood intended to keep precious metals and gems scarce.
Said Mr. Ballard:
If all this gold were to be released into the outer
activity of the
world—it would compel sudden readjustment— in every phase of human
experience. At present—it would—not—be part of wisdom.9
St. Germain reportedly stated -that the huge quantities of gold and
treasure would be released into the outer world “when mankind has
transcended its—unbridled— selfishness.”10
The implication is that these precious gems and minerals exist in
sufficient quantities on Earth to cause a dramatic drop in their
value if they should all be released into the public domain. A
further implication is that they are hoarded and made scarce to
preserve the wealth of the Brotherhood. If the treasures do indeed
exist, then the Brotherhood is a sizable hidden economic power on
Earth. According to Mr. Ballard, this hidden economic might does
exist and has been used to influence human activities.
tour of the Teton location, St. Germain reportedly told Ballard:
No one— in this world —ever accumulated a great
amount of wealth— without the assistance and radiation
of some — Ascended Master. There are occasions—
in which individuals can be used as a focus of great wealth — for a
specific purpose — and at such times — greatly added power is radiated
to them — for through it —they can receive personal assistance. Such
an experience is a —test— and opportunity — for their growth.11
It is certainly true that wealth has traditionally been concentrated
in the hands of a small minority. It is also true that many members
of that minority throughout history have been affiliated with the
mystical Brotherhood network. The problem with this state of affairs
would not be the narrow control of wealth, it would be that this
control has so often been used to breed war and spiritual decay.
During his trips to the alleged underground locations, Ballard was
also shown some radio-type gadgets. One such gadget could reportedly
tune in on conversations taking place in various parts of the
world—including in the offices of the Bank of England! As we recall,
the Bank of England was one of the earliest institutions founded
on the inflatable paper money system. That system was largely the
creation of mystics and revolutionaries affiliated with the
Brotherhood network. The Bank of England has continued to be a
principle center of that system up until today.
eavesdropping capability of Mr. Ballard’s “Ascended Masters” is
therefore remarkable because it would indicate a direct monitoring
of a principle central bank in the international paper money system
by top echelons of the Brotherhood. This becomes even more
interesting in the next chapter when we consider the assistance that
the Bank of England’s director, Montague Norman, gave to
and the German Nazi movement during the very time that this
electronic snooping was reportedly occurring.
Earlier in this book, we noted the large-scale destruction of
irreplaceable religious and historical records in the Eastern and
Western Hemispheres by zealous Christians. Historians have been
able to piece together much
of human history anyway; but is that history complete? According to
Mr. Ballard, it is not.
Mankind lost additional records to
Brotherhood leaders who had deliberately removed and hidden the
writings. Ballard claims that he saw some of those ancient
historical works inside the underground mountain complex north of
Darjeeling, India. He added that the records would not be released
to the human race until the “Ascended Masters” so ordered:
These records are not brought forth into the use of the outer world
at the present time, because of lack of spiritual growth and
understanding of the people. The race has a restlessness and
critical feeling, that is a very destructive activity,... the
Ascended Masters of the Great White Brotherhood, have always
foreseen such destructive impulses, and have withdrawn all important
records of every civilization, and preserved them, then left the
less important to be destroyed by the vicious impulse of the
If true, the above quote is a stunning admission. Mankind’s “lack
of spiritual growth” has been caused by the very organizations to
which these alleged “Ascended Masters” belong.
It was the Brotherhood that turned spiritual knowledge into incomprehensible
symbols, unfathomable mysteries, superstitious rites, savage apocalypticisms, and all of the other ills which ensue there from.
such circumstances, it is not surprising that human beings would
experience a “restlessness and critical feeling.” The “solution” of
withholding knowledge would certainly not correct those human
Such a “solution” can only deepen the problem. The
claim that important records must be hidden to prevent their
destruction is spurious. In Ballard’s day, book printing was a
well-established art. Any important records could be easily
duplicated and mass produced with the originals safely stored away.
If indeed such hidden records existed, we must conclude that the
purpose for hiding them was to keep mankind ignorant about the past.
The I AM movement created by Mr. Ballard preached a Judgment Day
philosophy and strong anti-Communism. Despite attacks from the press
and U.S. government, the I AM movement attracted a large following
during the late 1930’s and early 40’s. The I AM taught that
communism was the final evil in the world and that it would soon be
destroyed by the Ascended Masters. Interestingly, no mention was made
of Nazism, which was rapidly growing in Germany at the time.
The “Ascended Masters” and their followers were clearly political
creatures. According to Mr. Ballard, members of the Brotherhood were
deeply involved in espionage and police organizations in the 1930’s.
Brotherhood members reportedly served in the American Secret
Service, and Mr. Ballard claims that he had met agents of the French
Secret Service (France’s national intelligence organization) who
were members of the Brotherhood and who called themselves “Brothers
As if the reappearance of “St. Germain” in 1930 was not enough, the
AM movement hosted another most distinguished speaker: “Jesus
Christ.” Jesus was a featured guest in New York on October 24, 1937,
and in Oakland, California on February 15, 1939. Whether this “Jesus”
was actually a person claiming to be Christ or was simply Mr. or Mrs.
Ballard acting as mediums to channel the “spirit voice” of Jesus, I
have not been able to discover. Whichever it may have been, may I
respectfully submit that this was as bona fide a “Second Coming” of
Jesus as the Custodial religions will probably ever deliver? This
“Second Coming” in the 1930’s was sponsored by the same Brotherhood
network which had sponsored and betrayed Jesus centuries before, and
which has kept alive apocalyptic teachings predicting Jesus’s return
ever since. Naturally, this newest “Second Coming” did not result in
a thousand years of peace and spiritual salvation. It merely helped
set the stage for World War II.
The I AM movement died down rather quickly after its peak in the
1940’s. It is quite small today.*
The I AM has inspired several splinter groups. One such group is the
“Summit Lighthouse,” which is currently the largest of the I AM
groups, even though it is not recognized by, nor formally affiliated
with, the original I AM organization discussed in this chapter.
Headquartered in Malibu, California, the Summit Lighthouse is
currently led by its cofounder, Elizabeth Claire Prophet, who, along
with her late husband, Mark Prophet, had reportedly been a member of
another I AM splinter group called the “Bridge to Freedom” before
founding the Lighthouse. Like Ballard’s I AM, the Summit Lighthouse
believes St. Germain to be an Ascended Master. The Summit Lighthouse
is worth mentioning because Ms. Prophet teaches that many UFOs are
hostile to human well-being.
It never gained the following or
influence that so many other Brotherhood branches had attained. To
most people, today’s I AM Foundation is little more than a curiosity
run primarily by retired people. Indeed, the I AM is not important
to us for what it is now; it is significant for what it was in the
1930’s and ‘40’s.
Was Ballard’s I AM Foundation the concoction of blatant spiritual
quacks offering a home-brewed spiritual elixir to people seeking a
ray of hope in a world gone awry? Or did Mr. Ballard really meet
someone that afternoon in 1930on Mount Shasta? Was the I AM simply a
bit of mystical razzle-dazzle designed to make money for the Ballard
family as critics have maintained, or did Mr. Ballard’s
reported experiences offer a rare glimpse into some of the activities
of the Brotherhood in the 20th century?
It is a pity that Mr.
Ballard is not here today to make his confession.
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